Practice notes cover many topics. They can contain guidelines on how a case must be managed, from the filing of the first document that starts proceedings through to disposition (the end of the case). They can also outline how professional services must be managed.
Counsel-led mediation [PDF, 312 KB] – these guidelines provide guidance on the qualifications criteria, application process and expectations for counsel-to-assist-the-court appointed to conduct counsel-led mediation.
A protocol is an agreement between the Family Court or Ministry of Justice and another government organisation or agency. It sets out what should be done in certain circumstances, perhaps in an unusual situation where there is no other precedent or existing process for particular agencies to work together. The protocol then provides a basis on which future similar issues must be managed.
Protocol: children's medical emergencies (guardianship applications to the Family Court) – this protocol allows the Family Court to act in the interests of a child by making them a ward of the Family Court for the purpose of authorising medical treatment, such as a blood transfusion.